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Visionary Craniosacral Work®?

Like Craniosacral Therapy, Visionary Craniosacral Work® evolved from the work of Dr. William Sutherland D.O. Sutherland was profoundly struck when witnessing his mentor, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still D.O., work with a patient. 

In his own words, Sutherland speaks about Still’s perceptual abilities:

“Still was like the X-ray: he could look right through you and see things, and tell you things, without putting his hands upon the body.  I have seen him do that!  Time and time again.  When some of the early teachers had a clinic up before class, hunting for the lesion, in would come the old Doctor from the rear, ‘Here’s your lesion.’  How did he do it?”

Visionary Craniosacral Work® (VCSW®) was developed by Hugh Milne, D.O., a Scottish Osteopath.  It includes various approaches to working with the Craniosacral System:  Biomechanical, Biodynamic, Energetic, and Visionary.

The VCSW® practitioner is trained to be present, to be quiet and to listen without judgment – what is called “The Heart of Listening”. This presence enhances the ability of the practitioner to be with every client uniquely, with no agenda or preconceived notions about who the client is, what they need or how the healing session will unfold.

The visionary can perceive four things equally well, and hold all four things as equal in importance.

They can perceive:

  • the whole of the client’s anatomy and physiology.

  • the individual parts of their client’s   anatomy and physiology, and perceive which parts are not in alignment with the whole. •

  • the client’s process – mind, body, spirit and hold no judgment about what they perceive.

  • their own inner process and hold this without inner criticism or judgment.

Most beings have a deep longing to be seen, heard and met. To be seen and accepted for who we are. To have someone be completely present with us without judgment.

The VCSW® practitioner brings their open heart and presence to every client and opens their channels of perception in order to see, hear, feel, sense and touch each client in a way that is most suitable, true, and precise to that moment in time. This space of stillness, of listening, and of presence that is created between client and practitioner is what facilitates and empowers healing to occur.

Sometimes, when we are touched in just the right place in just the right way, our deepest self feels seen and touched. The body sighs with relief, the heart rejoices. Our defenses can begin to loosen and it allows us to open to life in a new way. It gives access to deep resources of  wisdom within that enable us to respond to life circumstances in a healthier way. We feel whole and in touch with the flow of life. We feel more at home in ourselves.

Visionary Craniosacral Work® is gentle yet profound work. As Hugh Milne says “It’s amazing how much how little will do.”

For more information about the Milne Institute and Visionary Craniosacral Work®, visit

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